Are you worried about the water, soil, or air in your community?

Are you worried about the water, soil, or air in your community?


This fact sheet for community members and leaders acknowledges stress and worry related to environmental contamination, validates these feelings as normal responses, and offers ideas for managing stress. It includes reasons why people feel stress about environmental contamination and ways to manage stress and work toward positive change.

Target Situation:

Community leaders who want information they can distribute to community members who may be experiencing stress related to environmental contamination.


Update and revision of “Coping with the stress that environmental contamination can cause pdf icon[PDF – 573 KB].”

Additional Reading:

Read the public health professional, clinician, and/or community organization tip sheets for guidance on using this fact sheet effectively.

Resource Type:
Fact sheet

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Publication Year:

Target Audience(s):
Community members, community leaders

3 Keys Framework

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Main objective:

Secondary objective:
Legitimize Stress

Page last reviewed: March 23, 2021